Niemans in the News

  1. Michael Riley to head The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. has named Michael G. Riley, NF ’95, as its CEO and editor in chief. He’ll oversee the weekly newspaper The Chronicle of Higher Education, the biweekly Chronicle of Philanthropy, Arts & Letters Daily and a number of specialized websites. Riley was hired from the Washington-based Bloomberg Government, where he served as editorial director. Earlier in his career, Riley worked as correspondent for Time magazine and created one of the first national political websites,, in a joint venture of Time and CNN. Riley also was editor of The Roanoke Times for eight years before joining the Congressional Quarterly as editor and senior vice president. He holds a master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Learn more »

  2. Richard Chacón named WBUR’s executive director of news - May 15

    Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR, has named Richard Chacón executive director of news content. In the newly created position, he will oversee all of the station’s local news content and resources for both radio and digital reporting. Chacón, a 2005 Nieman Fellow, started his career in journalism at WBUR in 1984 while still a student at Boston University. He has worked in a variety of roles at The Boston Globe and has held several public policy and public affairs roles, notably overseeing the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants and serving as director of policy for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Most recently, he has managed a capital campaign for MIT. Learn more »

  3. “Terrorism Has No Religion” - May 8

    Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, came to the throne in 1999. Since then, he has expanded the rights of women, modernized his country, and established Bahrain as a financial center in the region. Two years ago, on February 14, 2011, several thousand demonstrators gathered in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to demand more popular political participation and reform. To many Western commentators and journalists, it was a sign that the Arab Spring was spreading to the Gulf countries.

    Read Souad Mekhennet's, NF ’13, interview with the king »

  4. Niemans recognized with Pulitzer, Sigma Delta Chi honors - April 26

    Two Nieman fellows have been selected as finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes. Judges recognized Tony Bartelme, NF’11, a special projects reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., as a finalist in the explanatory reporting category for his year-long, series, “Storm of Money.” His reports helped readers understand the complex factors driving up the cost of property insurance. The Society of Professional Journalists also chose Bartelme’s series for the Sigma Delta Chi Award in the non-deadline reporting category (daily circulation 50,001-100,000).

    Alexandra Garcia, a 2013 Nieman Fellow and multimedia journalist for The Washington Post, produced video for reporter Spencer S. Hsu’s “Forensic Science” series, which was named as a finalist for the Public Service Pulitzer. The story examines flawed evidence in criminal cases prosecuted by the Justice Department that was never disclosed to defendants, leading to a review of more than 20,000 cases. Hsu’s series also won SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service journalism (daily circulation 100,001+).

    Read more about the Pulitzer finalists »

    Learn about the Sigma Delta Chi Awards »

  5. Twitter, Credibility and The Watertown Manhunt - April 19

    Twitter coverage of the manhunt in Watertown marks a wake-up call to journalists everywhere. Even more remarkable are the implications for ordinary citizens who, without a press pass, intentionally plant themselves on the scene to witness and tweet what they see in real time. For the latter group of news gatherers, this event instills a newfound sense of power and responsibility in how they verify and disseminate news; i.e., gain credibility and authority as a news source.

    Read more from Visiting Nieman Fellow Hong Qu »

  6. Niemans honored by IRE - April 10

    Investigative reporter David Jackson, NF ’11, is part of the Chicago Tribune team that that has won the 2012 Investigative Reporters & Editors’ FOI Award for “Empty-Desk Epidemic.” The series exposed a devastating pattern of student absenteeism in the Chicago school system and the indifference of city officials who ignored the problem.

    NPR’s Howard Berkes, a 1998 Nieman Fellow, was among the finalists for the in multiplatform /large category for “As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge,” co-produced by NPR, the Center for Public Integrity and The Charleston Gazette. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's John Diedrich, an affiliate from the Class of 2012, was a finalist with colleagues in two categories: the FOI Award for “Police Problems,” and the Investigations Triggered by Breaking News Award for “Spa Shooting.” Read more »

  7. Robert Clark, NF ’61, dies in Ohio - April 1

    Robert P. “Bob” Clark, a retired top editor of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times, died recently in Ohio. He was 91. Under his leadership, the newspapers won three Pulitzer Prizes. Clark also served as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Learn more »

  8. Memorial Service for Anthony Lewis Is Set - March 25

    A memorial service will be held May 23 for Anthony Lewis, a former New York Times reporter and columnist, author, and longtime advocate for free speech and justice, who died on March 25 at the age of 85.

    The service will be held at 3 p.m. at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.

    A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1957, Lewis was a constitutional law expert whose groundbreaking coverage of the Supreme Court changed the way complex legal matters are reported in the United States.

    Learn more »

  9. Longtime urban-affairs specialist Grady Clay, 96, dies - March 19

    Grady Clay, NF ’49, a journalist and a leading national authority on urban design who wrote for The Courier-Journal and edited Landscape Architecture Quarterly, died Sunday, March 17, at 96. Architect and friend Steve Wiser called Clay “one of the nation’s leading urban design thinkers.” Learn more »

  10. Kevin Cullen wins ASNE’s Batten Medal - March 18

    Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, a 2003 Nieman Fellow, has won the Batten Medal for individual achievement in public-service journalism from the American Society of News Editors. Cullen, who also received the award in 2008, is the only journalist to have won the Batten twice. Judges praised his work saying “Kevin Cullen's work epitomizes the values Jim Batten stood for: compassion, honesty, courage and a high regard for those on the margins of contemporary society. In compact prose, Cullen tells powerful stories that move the heart and get results; he's not just a chronicler of the human condition, he's an advocate for those whose lives he touches." Learn more »

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